Certificate in Music Performance

Program

The graduate Music Performance Certificate program consists of 14 credits devoted to acquiring advanced performance skills through intensive work in applied lessons and solo/ensemble performance. It may serve as either a self-standing advanced capstone experience that builds on an undergraduate music performance degree or the certificate credit may transfer toward filling the requirements of Master of Music degree with a concentration in Music Performance provided that the student meets full admission requirements for the M.M.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students must be admitted by the College of Graduate Studies as a Non-Degree Certificate student, satisfying the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree in music or its equivalent with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA or its equivalent.
  2. A satisfactory audition. Please see the audition process and requirements for specific performance areas at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/music/applications/graduate-application/.
  3. Submission of official copies of all undergraduate and, if appropriate, graduate transcripts.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from professionals acquainted with the student's performance abilities and experience.
  5. A personal statement that includes a description of career goals and reasons for applying to the graduate Music Performance Certificate program. Prospective students should indicate in this statement whether they intend to proceed to the M.M. degree following the certificate or whether they intend to complete it as a self-standing program. Students who intend to proceed are required to formally apply for acceptance to the M.M. while completing the certificate, and they must meet the normal M.M. admission requirements in order to be considered for acceptance.
  6. International students whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degree was not completed at an institution where the primary language of instruction was English must have official TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted directly from the Testing Service to Georgia Southern University. For consideration to be admitted to the certificate program, a minimum TOEFL score of 70 or a minimum IELTS score of 6 is required. In order to continue to the M.M. degree at the completion of the certificate, a minimum TOEFL score of 80 with subscores of at least 20 in both speaking and writing is required, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no single subscore below 6.0. International students who meet all other admission requirements for the certificate but are deficient in English will normally be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted students must successfully complete the highest level in the university's English Language Program (ELP) and achieve a minimum score of 70 on the ELP's standardized English proficiency exam prior to matriculating into the certificate program and taking any music classes and a minimum score of 80 prior to matriculating into the M.M. program.

Requirements, 14 Credit Hours

Credit Hours
MUSA 7XXXApplied Lessons4
MUSA   7191Recital1-3
MUSC   5030GSelected Topics Music Literature3
or MUSC   7039 Selected Topics in Music Pedagogy
MUSE 6XXXLarge Ensemble2
Additional 2 credit hours from MUSE (large or small ensemble), MUSC   5030G/MUSC 7139 or other course approved by the advisor.2
Total Credit Hours14

Note: Large ensembles are: Wind Symphony (MUSE   6211), Symphonic Wind Ensemble (MUSE   6213), University Singers (MUSE   6311), Southern Chorale (MUSE   6312), Orchestra (MUSE   6411) and, for pianists, Accompanying (MUSE   6514). Opera Theatre (MUSE   6314) may be counted as either a large or small ensemble.  All other MUSE 6XXX numbers are small ensembles, as well as Coaching for Singers (MUSA   5110G).

Music Theory Proficiency for Students Intending to Continue to a M.M. Degree

Students declaring an intention to continue to a M.M. degree will be given the M.M. Departmental Entrance Exam at the beginning of their certificate program. If the score on the theory section falls below the passing level, they will be required to either take undergraduate music theory courses or to participate in a graduate theory review course, typically during Fall semester, so they are able to enroll in all courses required for the MM program upon admission. None of these remedial courses count toward the certificate.

Typical Course Sequence

First Year
FallCredit HoursSpringCredit Hours
MUSA 7XXX Applied Lessons3MUSA 7XXX Applied Lessons2
MUSC   5030G or 70393MUSA   7191 (MUSA 7XXX::Applied Lessons)3
MUSE 6XXX Large Ensemble1MUSE 6XXX Large Ensemble1
MUSE 6XXX Small Ensemble1MUSE 6XXX Small Ensemble1
 8 7
Total Credit Hours: 15

Advisement

Department of Music
Graduate Program Director
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8052
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 478-5813
fax: (912) 478-0583